Military Couple Welcomes First Child in Oahu, Hawaii by Amber DeCicco
Photographer: Amber DeCicco
Words by Momma
My name is Ashley. I am 24 years old. I am married to my best friend Leo, and we both are military. After continuous tries, and even losing faith, we found out we were expecting our precious blessing back in February. This is our first baby, aside from Kingston, our fur baby. We are so excited to see what our king IV has in store for us.
What did you like about your birth experience, if anything?
I LOVED the fact that I had my husband there by my side, supporting me through every contraction.
What surprised you about your contractions/labor?
I was surprised that I had to be induced. My water did not break naturally, and I was given fluids through an I.V. to make my contractions come quicker and stronger.
What do you remember the most about the birth?
I remember I woke up crying because my epidural was running low, and after being checked, I was told my son was ready to come. It was time to push!! I also remember my husband shaking out of his boots when it was time for me to push, and the way he assisted in my delivery.
How was your birth experience different from what you imagined it to be?
My plan was to go natural. I stuck with it until about 6cm. I began to get aggravated because of how fast the contractions were coming, and I didn't have enough time to relax in between, so I asked for the epidural. I also expected to feel a little pain during the time I had to push, but I did not feel a thing.
Would you recommend having a natural childbirth or medicated childbirth to others?
I would recommend a person to do what is best for them. I would say experience a few contractions and do what your pain level allows you to handle.
WHY hire a birth photographer?
I chose to hire a photographer because I did not want myself or my husband to miss a moment trying to snap pictures ourselves. I also know how everything can be overwhelming, and so easy to forget.